Erin McCarthy

Erin is the Editor-in-Chief of, host of The List Show on YouTube, and the creator, executive producer, and host of Mental Floss's History Vs. podcast. She joined Mental Floss in 2012. Previously, she covered everything from natural disasters to bridge engineering to the science behind sci-fi movies for Popular Mechanics magazine. When she's not editing or writing, you can find her karaoking, reading non-fiction, watching Investigation Discovery and hockey (go NYR!), or hanging out with her cats, Oliver and Pearl.
14 Future Stars Who Appeared on 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
15 Twitter Accounts for Space Nerds
10 Extremely Magnified Photos of Plants
How Hasbro Created its 6-inch Jabba the Hutt Action Figure
12 Facts About the Death's-Head Hawkmoth
Watch this Video, Feed Cats in Shelters
17 Historical Reactions to Air Conditioning
Science Explains Why Some People Are Attracted to Jerks
15 Twitter Accounts for History Buffs
Why Do We Laugh When We're Tickled?
Grammar Nerds Will Love Weird Al's Latest Parody
See Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in the Unreleased 1984 Movie 'Nothing Lasts Forever'
5 Weird Swimming-Related Patents
How to Clean a 94-Foot Blue Whale Model
10 Bizarre Food-Related Kickstarters (That Aren't Potato Salad)
18 Things We Learned from Buzz Aldrin's Reddit AMA
12 Wonderfully Quirky Words with No English Equivalent
Read the Original Version of the Declaration of Independence
12 Awesome Spider Facts from a New Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History
10 Products for a Smarter Summer
11 Facts About Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"
Beautiful Visualization Shows 24 Hours of Flights Over the North Atlantic
A 1639 Map Shows California as an Island
17 Joss Whedon Quotes for His 50th Birthday
8 Amazing Animal Photos from National Geographic's Your Shot Community
Adorable Elderly People Test Out Google Glass
10 Fun Things in the American Museum of Natural History's Memorabilia Collection
10 Dangerous Ways to Amuse Yourself from an 1820 Book
16 Twitter Accounts for Word Nerds
10 Things to Know About '22 Jump Street'
11 Comic Sans Disses and Tributes
11 Drafts of the Most Famous Phrase from 'The Little Prince'
Philip Pritchard, the Keeper of the Stanley Cup
14 Facts About the Cookiecutter Shark
Weird Swimsuits Designed by Salvador Dalí
New App Makes Identifying Bird Species Easy
Why Does Bacon Smell So Good?
Will Wild Mice Use Running Wheels?
These Kids Have No Idea What to Make of Old Computer Tech
12 Vintage Photos of People Learning to Swim
16 Weird Forgotten English Words We Should Bring Back
The Weird Patent for a "Better" Mousetrap
Gorgeous Timelapse Video of Colorful Alaskan Nights
We're Looking for a Few Good Interns!
E.B. White's Advice for Aspiring Authors
12 Stephen Colbert Quotes for His 50th Birthday
11 Facts About the Megamouth Shark
The Day the Royal Navy Ended its Daily Rum Ration
13 Bold Fashion Predictions from 1893
Pyura chilensis: The "Living Rock"


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